Two years ago, my friend and Oatley Academy colleague Sarah Marino appeared on what is, to date, the most frequently downloaded episode of The ArtCast: The Rising Stars Of Animation.
Like every other guest on that show, Sarah has, as I predicted, gone on to great success.
After wrapping as visual development artist on The Book Of Life (the gorgeous new animated feature from Reel FX) she moved to Burbank to join the art department on Nickelodeon’s new preschool series Shimmer and Shine.
In this episode, Sarah shares the story of her happy, creative childhood, her positive experience at Ringling College Of Art and Design and the subsequent, disarming struggle of breaking into the animation industry.
…and in the Q&A segment, we respond to a listener question about developing your concept art portfolio.
The unflattering truth of Sarah’s struggle to break into the animation industry.
The pros and cons of a big, expensive, physical art school.
With SDCC fast approaching— here are my tips on networking with pros!
(My first advice blog was dub rainbows and unicorns made of sugar, but the big rock candy mountain has some deep dark caves, and we’re going to crawl into one here. Hopefully we’ll all emerge better on the other side of this…
My hilarious friend Jenn is amazing at the “spoon full of sugar” thing…
This principle really helps to create shapes and characters with “points of interest”. The straights move the eye towards the areas of curves, bumps and details. I mostly focused on the silhouettes of the shapes/characters, but the same principles should also be applied to shapes and volumes inside the main shape/volume.
I love you guys. These words are for you, and also for myself.
I thought that by the time I actually got a creative job in the animation industry I would surely feel… like less of an imposter. Nope. Often times when I get an assignment I experience a moment of pure terror. Afraid that my last…
Since there’s a compilation post or two going around, I figure’d I’d make one myself of just my personal favorites from the project- you know, in hopes that it will circulate and replace some of the illos that are hard for me to look at ;)